A national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization is in effect over the holidays, with law enforcement agencies attempting to detect and deter drunk drivers through highly visible efforts, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and campaigns to raise public awareness.
The statistics to motivate such concentrated efforts are shown by research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, showing that January 1 is one of the top five deadliest days on the nation’s roads. Just last year, 415 people were killed in traffic crashes involving a drunken driver or motorcycle rider in the last half of December.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is organizing the national effort, while the groundwork is being implemented by state highway safety offices and local law enforcement.
“Any person who considers drinking and driving should know that police are out in full force watching for them. The time for warnings has long passed. If you drive drunk this holiday season, there will be consequences,” said GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha.
States are even purchasing paid advertising in order to get the word out about the increased enforcement.
It is well known that you should not drink and drive or ride your motorcycle. From December 16 through January 2, though, a motorcycle accident is not the only thing to worry about.
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